Remote education for single self-isolating pupils
If your child tests positive for Covid-19 and is required to isolate they should continue to learn from home if they are well enough to do so.
Resources to support with home learning can be found on Oak National Academy website: www.thenational.academy
Each day, your child should record a brief summary of their learning in their planner, to share with their class teacher when they return to school. Please note, in this instance, there is no requirement to access/upload to Seesaw or Google Classroom.
Remote education if local restrictions require the whole school (or bubbles) to remain at home
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require the whole school (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Remote Teaching and Study Time How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
The remote curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home?
During partial school closure and the isolation of class ‘bubbles’, pupils are taught by their teacher following the curriculum as they would in class. All aspects of the National Curriculum are followed in line with the schools curriculum intent statement. This can be found under the ‘curriculum overview’ section of the school website.
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children in Reception to Year 6 access lessons via the Google Classroom platform. Children below statutory school age can access learning through the SEESAW digital platform. Guidance on how to access Google Classroom and SEESAW can be found in the ‘remote learning’ section of the school website. The home working email (email@example.com) is designed to allow any technical queries to be dealt with swiftly and increase confidence in using the platforms. Parents can receive support for a range of queries in this way, including technical assistance and academic support.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education? We recognise that some children may not have suitable online access at home. In this instance school can distribute school-owned laptops accompanied by a user agreement. WiFi hotspot details and access codes are also available to those families who don't have appropriate access to the internet at home. Affected children can be supported to come into school to use school resources within any rules in force at the time.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Each day your child's class teacher will share a series of high quality recorded lessons taught by expert subject teachers and Thrive practitioners. Lessons have been carefully designed to closely align to the classroom curriculum and have been sequenced to ensure that children obtain the building blocks they need to move onto the next steps in learning.
Engagement and Feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We appreciate how challenging it can be to keep on top of your child’s remote education. We don’t expect you to act in the role of teacher – there is strong evidence that the most powerful thing a parent/ carer can do for their child is show an active interest in their schoolwork. We therefore ask you to:
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Whether pupils are studying at home or at school, our expectations for attendance and completion of work are the same. We will continue to follow our behaviour support and attendance policy and will inform you if we have concerns about your child. We will also seek opportunities to praise and reward your child in line with the school's core values.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feedback on pupil work includes:
Additional Support for Pupils with Particular Needs
How will you work with me to help my child if they need additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
All pupils with an individual Thrive plan, will have a home plan sent home along with additional supporting resources. The Thrive team will maintain regular telephone contact with all pupils on Thrive plans. The team will check on the well-being of the family and progress with plans. Any changes/updates will be made as necessary. Whole classes will be able to access thrive activities weekly through Google Classroom/SEESAW. Class activities will be tailored to developmental needs within that class and parents will be given supporting guidance.
We use Seesaw for Little Learners and Nursery to access and produce our home learning.
Link to access Seesaw
We use Google Classroom from Reception to Year 6 to access and produce our remote learning.
Link to access Google Classroom
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If your child is required to work remotely, we will continue to support pupils and families through our Thrive provision.
All children on individual Thrive plans will receive regular telephone calls from your child’s Thrive Practitioner. All families will receive a home plan which will be discussed and strategies further supported through contact with your Thrive Practitioner. We will do our best to support you with the necessary resources required to support the plans - home packs will be delivered by our Thrive team. If you need additional support and/or resources then please get in touch.
In addition to support for children on individual plans, there will be weekly whole class activities with supporting adult role guidance posted in every Google Classroom and SEESAW feed. These class activities are tailored to developmental needs within the class or targeted to the appropriate age and stage of development. Any child can participate in these activities and will enjoy doing so. Participation in these activities may support you to engage your child in remote learning and enjoy positive experiences with their trusted adults at this difficult time. We are sure that the adults will enjoy them too!
Completing the activities and spending quality one to one time with your child will support their emotional wellbeing. The activities will give your child a positive sense of self, make them feel emotionally safe, encourage them to try new experiences and help them to problem solve. All the activities concentrate on the relationship between children and adults. They will support good attachments and help your child to build confidence, self esteem and grow their resilience. All these skills will be important in school, at home and life beyond.
Thriving at Home
Below are some additional activity ideas for you to try at home based around the first three Thrive strands. If you know that your child has a Thrive plan and which strand they are on, then you can match these activities and use the strategies identified within your plans.
Don't worry if you don't have a plan, all children will benefit from the time spent on these activities. If you are unsure or would like any further support with then please contact your Thrive Practitioner based on your child’s school site.
The following link will take you to some videos of our Thrive team enjoying some activities.
Additional activities will be posted weekly via the school Facebook page.
During periods of remote learning, we are providing an additional layer of provision for our pupils and their families through an academic mentoring programme. This applies to national lockdown, class bubbles and single isolating pupils. Our academic mentoring programme has been designed to provide intensive learning support and well-being intervention to help our pupils to catch up and maintain pace with their learning.
Aims of the programme:
If you have any questions relating to the academic mentor programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you need any help with any aspect of remote learning or homeworking you can contact the school office and someone will get back to you as soon as possible
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If you have any worries or concerns about your child or a child you know, contact the school office on 01670 812360 and ask to speak to Mrs Johnson, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Outside of school hours contact:
Onecall* 01670 536400
If there is immediate danger call 999 and ask to speak to the police.
*Onecall is one number for all Children’s Services, Adult Social Care (including mental health) and Community Health enquiries in Northumberland. Helping the most vulnerable people to keep safe and well 24-7.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding or wish to report a concern, please click on the button below, which will take you to the appropriate part of our website
Free School Meals Vouchers
Any queries regarding free school meals please email school at - email@example.comIf you think you may be entitled to Income based Free School Meals, please call Northumberland County Council Free School Meals Team on:0345 6006400 or you can apply online via the following link https://online.northumberland.gov.uk/citizenportal/form.aspx?form=Free_School_Meals
Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS)
The Children and Young People’s Service provides a single service to all children and young people aged 0-18 years living in Northumberland who present with mental health difficulties.
Referrals can be made on the telephone by calling 01670 502 700 or freephone 0800 652 2862.
For urgent or emergency referrals requiring a response within 24 hours please call: 0800 652 2862